To improve the access of the Catalonia University, MOST, the City Council and the University planned mobility management measures that encourage people to use sustainable transport modes. A working group carried out the work initiated within MOST.
Background & Objectives
The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona generates lots of traffic, especially car traffic. Therefore the investigation of the accessibility of the university area was very useful and interesting for the whole city, especially when taking into account all problems during peak hours. MOST facilitated the coordination of mobility management plans in the city of Barcelona and at the university campus and introduced a number of mobility management measures and services to increase the number of sustainable transport modes at the site. Services chosen to achieve this objective were: information and advice about public transport, new transport organisation and coordination, promotion and awareness raising about the environmental impacts of traffic among the UPC students.
A before survey revealed that 28.8 % of the students come by car, 6 % by motorbike, 53.4 % by public transport, 1.3 % by bike and 9.7 % on foot. Among the university staff 55 % is coming by car, 34 % by public transport, 9 % by motorbike and 2 % on foot.
The UPC had already implemented some measures such as car parking restrictions to limit car users. In 2001 an information leaflet was developed and distributed to the students to promote the use of public transport. As mentioned, MOST offered the chance to better integrate the different mobility management plans both at the UPC site and in the entire city of Barcelona. To this end an agreement was drafted between the City Council and UPC, enabling more choice for all. Instead of only introducing a carpool matching service, as was the original aim of the MOST project, the new goal was to introduce a complete mobility package for students, teachers and other UPC staff, enabling users to plan their trip to the UPC with any transport mode (public transport, walking, cycling...). The agreement was signed in September 2002, giving the go ahead for the implementation of the different measures and services. A working group has now taken up the implementation and the work initiated within MOST will continue in the coming years.